Bio 111 - Lecture 1

Bio 111 - Lecture 1 - Biology 111 Lecture 1 - Introduction...

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Biology 111 Lecture 1 - Introduction to Content and Science 8/29/2007 What is organismal biology? - Study of diversity of life on Earth I. Intro to Science A. What is Science? - A way of asking questions and gaining answers according to rules or methods - guided by natural law - explained by reference to natural law - testable against observable world - conclusion are NOT necessarily the Fnal word - it is falsiFable Science is not science without a speciFc scientiFc method or if it starts with a conclusion without evi- dence. In true science, conclusions are based on evidence. -- Science is NEUTRAL on the question of Religion -- B. Two Approaches 1. Discovery Based Science - focus on observations and measurements - behavior, anatomy, morphological characteristics, DNA sequences - Data are recorded - quantitative - numerical measurements - qualitative - recorded descriptions 2. Hypothesis Based Science - the hypothesis is a tentative answer to a question - focuses on experimentation - explains nature and how it works
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